Cold in July

United States | 2014 | 131 mins | English
Crime | Thriller

One Screening Only
Date: Wednesday September 24th, 2014
Time: 9:30
The Broadway Theatre
$10 (Admittance restricted to persons over 19 as this will be a licensed event)
Film contains sequences of disturbing bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.
Certifications:    Ireland:16 / UK:15 / USA:R

Director: Jim Mickle
Screenplay: Nick Damici, Joe R. Lansdale & Jim Mickle
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson & Sam Shepard
Producer(s): Rene Bastian, Adam Folk, Linda Moran & Marie Savare
Company: Mongrel Media

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Screens with short film: COLD FEET

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Synopsis

How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end.

Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled “badasses” portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action films; one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Cold in July is hard to shake as an east Texas summer.

Awards

  • Nominated Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2014
  • Nominated for Audience Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

Buzz

“Exquisite. An edge-of-your-seat thriller. Don Johnson steals the film.” – The Village Voice

“Four stars. One of the year’s best thrillers.” – Time Out New York

“A taut, seductive thriller. One of those movies that arrives every now and then with a canny sense of how to grab our attention and hold it in a tightening grip.” – The Wall Street Journal

“****! Until Quentin Tarantino makes his next movie, Jim Mickle is the guy to watch.”  – NY Daily News

Programmer’s Opinion

First and foremost, if you have not read any of Joe R Lansdale’s books then I cannot impress upon you how empty your life is. Make your way through his Hap and Leonard series then on to his stand alone novels.

Apart from regular collaborator Nick Damici, Mickle added powerhouse leading men Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson to the roster. They help convey the depth and gravity of Hall’s situation as events unfold and spiral in the film.

For those of us who have been keeping score at home though many of the themes and events that unfold in Jim Mickle’s adaptation of Lansdale’s novel will be familiar. Yet, Mickle still maintains the tension and surprise, and presents one heckuva thriller set in late 80s East Texas. With such diversity in his docket so far – from wererats, vampires, and a family of cannibals – Mickle may tone it down a bit in this latest film but that does not keep him from being one of America’s new leaders in genre cinema!

Oh. You will never look at baseball the same way again too. – Andrew Mack

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